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Celebrating Cultural Exchanges: ๐€๐Œ๐„๐‘๐ˆ๐‚๐€ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ | Eddy Cliff Ti Nobossi

Updated: Apr 20

Celebrating Cultural Exchanges: ๐€๐Œ๐„๐‘๐ˆ๐‚๐€ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ | ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฝ-๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ ๐™ฐ๐š™๐š›๐š’๐š•, ๐Ÿธ0๐Ÿธ๐Ÿบ Highlights from Institut Universitaire de la Cote (IUC) - Logbessou, Douala, Cameroon

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The atmosphere was charged with patriotism as the Cameroon Anthem echoed through the halls, followed by the resounding notes of the US Anthem, symbolizing the union of nations at the recent event hosted by Institut Universitaire de la Cote (IUC), AMERICA in 3 Days.

The Secretary General of IUC set the tone for the event with inspiring words, emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural understanding and cooperation in today's globalized world.

Attendees (Open Dreams represented) were treated to a mesmerizing performance by the Music Club, who serenaded the audience with the timeless melody of "We Are the World," a fitting tribute to the spirit of unity and solidarity.

Mr. Michael O'Bryon, the Director of the US Embassy Branch in Douala, graced the occasion with a generous gesture, offering 100 books to enrich the University Library. His heartfelt wish for students to make the most of these resources resonated deeply with the audience.

The virtual presence of the American Ambassador to Cameroon, Christopher John Lamora, added a touch of international flair to the event. Ambassador Lamora highlighted the significant impact of US Exchange Programs, citing the remarkable contributions of over 2000 Cameroonian participants in initiatives like the Fulbright Programs and Mandela Washington Fellowship.

"For more than two decades, the US Embassy has been a steadfast supporter of Education in Cameroon, providing over 160 grants for vital projects ranging from classroom construction to equipment procurement" in His words. The program moderator, Mathias Tientcheu, Cultural Affairs Specialist at the US Embassy Yaounde, reiterated their commitment to fostering leadership and innovation through programs like YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative).

The event also shed light on various US Exchange Programs, including the Community Engagement Exchange (CEE), Community Solutions Program (CSP), Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and Mandela Washington Fellowship. These programs offer unparalleled opportunities for Cameroonian students and professionals to broaden their horizons and contribute to positive change in their communities.

Michelle Tomei, from the University of Arizona, led an engaging session on studying in the USA. She emphasized that while grades are important, diversity is celebrated in American universities, offering a supportive environment for students to thrive and explore their passions.

In conclusion, the IUC event served as a testament to the power of cultural exchanges and collaboration in fostering mutual understanding and building a brighter future for all. With each interaction and initiative, we take another step towards a more connected and inclusive world.

Anticipate Day 2

  • Report by Eddy Cliff Ti Nobossi | Open Dreams Douala Hub

  • With edits by James Akaba | Open Dreams Team

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